Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly warned Tehran in the follow-up to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, that if it harms Israel, the American military will respond, Breitbart reports.
“The people of America stand with you, It has now been almost 40 years since this dictatorship seized power and took a proud nation hostage… But the future of Iran belongs to its people. They are the rightful heirs to a rich culture and an ancient land, and they deserve a nation that does justice to their dreams, honor to their history and glory to God.” ~ President Donald Trump
The sources reportedly said that in the run-up to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that the US would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, “the US moved to the stage of graduated threats against Iran” in a bid to prevent any flareups in the region.
Pompeo warned then of Iran’s “destabilizing and malign activities” in the Middle East. “We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats to Israel and the region and Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East remains,” he said.
“The United States is with Israel in this fight,” Pompeo added, Times of Israel Reported.
The US’ unwavering support of Israel in its joint military ventures comes with a cost.
Billions have been spent over the years to help provide Israel with a strong defense program and other strategic needs.
The US provides more military aid to Israel than to any other state.
Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between the US and Israel began in 1999.
The last 10-year MOU was signed in 2016 under then-US President Barack Obama. It included a record $38bn deal to provide Israel with military assistance over a 10-year period – the largest such agreement ever by the US with any other country.
Israeli combat aircraft hit sites housing Iranian materiel and personnel in Syria overnight, killing as many as 23 troops belong to the Assad regime’s army and allied forces. It was not clear if there were Iranian dead.
The Israeli strikes came after Iranian rocket attack strikes on the Israeli-held Golan Heights. In a rare and robust acknowledgment of an Israeli strike on Syrian territory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not hesitate to carry out preemptive strikes to prevent Iran from gaining a permanent foothold in Syria. JTA News
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